2016-05-12 APL Three new publications uploaded




F-PT009 Beautiful-Antique Art Deco Part Worked Beaded Panel Bag

A donation from our well-known ebay image donor Penelope Textiles, this is a beautiful bag, but, as they say, under construction. The bag is half done. Because of that, we get a peek at how the canvas was prepared by marking out the pattern. Not by painting the canvas, but by running threads in the appropriate color across the canvas. Probably the beads would be embroidered right over it. There’d be the additional advantage that the canvas would not show through between the beads, at least in the length. Actually I’ve taken the liberty by adding a few rows on top, so the white motif is closed, instead of hacked off. But of course, feel free to hack it off again.

Thank you, Penelope! For your images and for your patience 🙂


G-CC001 Handkerchief Edgings

Carol Ann Carlile sent me an USB stick with two scanned Star booklets about crochet. There’s many many Star booklets, but we did not have those two, and this one got done first. If you don’t have enough handkerchiefs, consider sacrificing a linen sheet, that should give you enough kerchiefs to showcase the entire booklet. If I could crochet, my linens would get nervous, the way I’d be eyeing them 🙂 The HomePage image is also taken from this publication.

And there’s a pdf as well: click here to open. Unless you use Safari as browser without Adobe plugin, of course – saving and opening from disk will be your only option then.

Thank you, Carol! The other booklet will be published next week.


G-SB001 Berlin Woolwork Embroidered Slipper Front

This image was donated by ebay seller sewbusyuk. The pattern is not entirely symmetrical, so after charting the slipper as shown, I included a mirror image. Of course, people can easily work from an image and reverse left and right on the fly, but I admit to quite a number of bloopers if I have to work that way. And it’s not as if it was a lot of work 🙂 I have to confess to picking a black background, which I otherwise don’t do since it tends to be a dead color. But I tried various others and this one looked the best. Anyone preferring dark blue or another color, of course you can try that – the original image had no background embroidered yet, and the turquoise color of the outline did not suit at all.




Click to support the Antique Pattern Library project to pay for such things as database and website development, web hosting costs, data entry, scanning equipment.

Scan donations count! They save us room (for the books) money (for the shipping price and customs duties and believe me, those can bite), and time for scanning. Of course, money is always welcome. And scans are equally welcome. In the meantime, you can also support us via Amazon Smile.

The limit of small donations is 700 EUR, a bit more than 700 USD. It may increase if we get more small donations. That’s the limit to what you can donate per year and still have it count towards the small donations. It’s recalculated every year. If you donate more, the IRS puts your donations on the other side of the public funding ratio. So, if you were planning to donate just above the limit, give some to another organization, buy a cup of coffee and donate just the limit amount. 😉

Also, we are looking for people who can afford a one-time larger donation to support our goals for 2016, which will cost us some money.

It will help speed up our publication speed, and make more time available for the actual library work, which is sadly suffering. Judith and I spend more time than I like on bookkeeping and IRS compliance and stuff like that. Necessary, but it cuts into the time I have for the Library.

We’ve had one large donation already. That one has helped to improve the programming for the site so that now somebody else is able to do the entire round of publishing (except writing special notices and the blog) on her own, without help from me. That’s going to make it easier to keep publishing every week, even when I’m on holiday.And I can spend more time on editing the acquisitions, and visit people with laptop and scanner in a bag, if they have a suitable book and live within reach.

Basically, what I’m looking for right now is to get professional help to scan the really large publications, sized A2, A1, and maybe even A0, of which we have a chest full. Some leaves are so fragile that we get the chance to scan them once, then they fall apart. I’ve inquired at a nearby photographer, and they will have to build an installation too,  in order to get the sheets properly photographed. The more money I plonk down, the more sheets they can do. And of course, the building and taking down of the installation, as well as closing the studio for one day, will cost money of itself. So, money is very welcome!

If you can’t afford to give anything, which also happens in these difficult times, introducing the Library to people who don’t know of it yet, is very useful, since it broadens our user base and therefore our donor base. I’ll try to publish a flyer in black and white which can be printed and used as handout, for anybody wanting to do that. It would be more useful than a visiting card.

Anything you donate for the Library, goes to the Library. The donations of the larger donors are far more than enough to cover our overhead, so what you give, goes straight to Library improvement.

The publications are free to download and to share, not to sell. Also the screendumps and later the text pages are published under the creative-commons licence – enjoy, but don’t sell. If ever you see a PDF for sale, especially with the Library creative-commons copyright notice or something that looks like it, we’d be glad to hear. Most we’ve heard of so far are legitimate sellers of their own copies, but every now and then there’s one that isn’t. In such a case, please email us privately with your concerns and give as much detail as possible. We don’t want peoples’ names aired about before we’ve had a chance to look the matter over, in order to protect the truly innocent.

Thanks to all the donors and volunteers, for all the help and new or improved material you provided.

Enjoy this new set.

Best wishes all,


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